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  • Note To A Beginning Student ~ Give Way To Softness and Space

    Fifteen years ago I started practicing yoga as a new beginner. Consistently I have practiced over these years and have discovered I really am always a beginner – just as each day is a new beginning, so it is every time I step on my yoga mat. On my mat the chaotic energy of the day, of the week, begins to fade away. My mind slows down, my breathing becomes steadier, my body begins to settle, I am more still ~ I begin from where I am this day. Years of regular practice has allowed a “letting go” of the daily chaos and …

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  • With A Beginner’s Mind, Each Moment, Each Breath, Each Pose Is Unique

    Through our whole life we learn, we accomplish, we fail and we grow. We hope to one day have “figured it all out” or to have at least answered the questions that plague us the most. It would be nice to feel that we have “mastered” or become an “expert” in many different areas of our own life. So why do we hear about the value of a “beginner’s mind” come up time and time again? Why on earth would we want to stay a beginner? Isn’t the point of being here to learn, evolve and master? Don’t we all want to move from the beginner …

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  • Don’t Panic! You Are Just Late For A Yoga Class.

    It happens to all of us and we can literally feel the anxiety ratchet up with each passing minute. As you were running out the door the phone rang, or you couldn’t find your car keys.  On the way to the studio it seemed like you hit every red light and the traffic was soooo heavy.  With only minutes to spare, you are just around the corner from Creating Space Yoga Studio and the train barriers come down and a very slow moving freight train goes back and forth, back and forth. You can either go CRAZY in your car …

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  • A Catalyst For Truth

    This is for the student who has yet begun their journey on a yoga mat.  This is for all of you who have considered starting a yoga practice, have heard amazing things about yoga or who have been told by their doctors to “take up yoga”.  This is for all of you who don’t know how to start or are too intimidated to take that first step.  This is for you. Most importantly…when you are new to the yoga practice it’s okay to be a beginner.  It is impossible to instantly know what to do, how to behave, how to …

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  • CSY Bookclub Summer Book Selections Vote

    We just had the pleasure of reading two fantastic books during the spring book club and we are eagerly looking forward to the summer reading list.  We have compiled a list of four pairs of books with a charitable organization that we will collectively support and voluntarily make donations. The summer/fall book club gathering will be on Tuesday, September 30th.  If you missed the past gatherings, you are welcome to attend the next group. We would love to include you. But first…put in your vote! The gatherings will be informal and we ask that you have read at least one …

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  • Make The Ordinary Come Alive

    Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.     By William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents  

  • Spring Book Club Selections

    We have counted the votes and the spring selections have been chosen.  We are excited to announce the spring selections for the upcoming CSY Book Club! The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Run out and find your copies of the new books.  Then sink into a sliver of sunshine and enjoy the adventures that these new books will take you along.  What joy! For the spring book club gathering, we will be accepting donations for The Oakville Galleries.  Minimum donations of $20 or “donate what you can” are suggested and accepted with gratitude. The meetings …

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  • Vote for the Spring CSY Book Club Selections

    The winter book club gathering was a success and we look forward to moving into the spring with an evolving group and another list of books from which to choose.  We will be accepting votes till March 23rd and will announce the spring book choices on Monday, March 24th. The spring book club gathering will be on Tuesday, June 3rd.  If you missed the winter meeting, you are welcome to attend the spring group.  We would love to include you.  But first…put in your vote! The gatherings will be informal and we ask that you have read at least one …

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  • Our First CSY Book Club Gathering

      The votes were counted and the books and charity (The Covenant House Toronto) were chosen.  We read and then we gathered.  I was very excited to meet for the first time with the new group that was emerging at Creating Space Yoga studio. We had a brilliant group of women come together.  Some of them were yoga students, some friends of  CSY students, a sampling of our yoga teachers and a couple of women joined us who had attended our Mindfulness Lectures.  We were an eclectic, wonderful mix. The meeting was perfectly informal.  Most of us brought along yummy …

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  • How To Be Alone

    A lovely poem and short film that I have enjoyed for years.  Take a look.